The Children are the Future – Or Not? Exploring The Complexities of the Relationship between the Rights of Children and Future Generations

Author: Aoife Nolan
Published: 26.05.2022
This piece addresses an issue of growing importance in international human rights law (IHRL): namely, the relationship between children’s rights and future generations’ rights. This matter is particularly pressing in the context of the growing body of standard-setting, scholarship and practice in the areas of climate justice and environmental protection. However, it has also been a longer-standing (albeit often lower profile) concern in the context of sustainable development and other work in the IHRL addressing issues of inter-generational equity and justice. In all of these contexts there have been increasing linkages made between the rights of children and those of…